The Reporter Who Knew Too Much

The Mysterious Death of What's My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen

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About The Book

Was What’s My Line TV Star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large?

   These questions and more are answered in former CNNESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw’s 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much. Through discovery of never-before-seen videotaped eyewitness interviews with those closest to Kilgallen and secret government documents, Shaw unfolds a “whodunit” murder mystery featuring suspects including Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover, Mafia Don Carlos Marcello and a "Mystery Man" who may have silenced Kilgallen. All while by presenting through Kilgallen's eyes the most compelling evidence about the JFK assassinations since the House Select Committee on Assassination’s investigation in the 1970s.

   Called by the New York Post, “the most powerful female voice in America,” and by acclaimed author Mark Lane the “the only serious journalist in America who was concerned with who killed John Kennedy and getting all of the facts about the assassination,” Kilgallen’s official cause of death reported as an overdose of barbiturates combined with alcohol, has always been suspect since no investigation occurred despite the death scene having been staged. Shaw proves Kilgallen, a remarkable woman who broke the "glass ceiling" before the term became fashionable, was denied the justice she deserved, that is until now. 

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Post Hill Press (December 2016)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781682610978

Raves and Reviews

"The Reporter Who Knew Too Much is a very interesting, informative, and provocative book. Shaw has obviously conducted a tremendous amount of research and investigation into every aspect of Kilgallen’s life. Her relationships with so many famous, controversial individuals and legal cases are fascinating to read."

– Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, bestselling author of From Crime Scene to Courtroom

"The compelling story of Dorothy Kilgallen, the celebrated journalist once called 'the most powerful female voice in America.'"

– - Nick Pileggi, author of Wise Guy and Casino

"Mark Shaw has written a gripping biography of Dorothy Kilgallen wrapped in the greatest cold case of all time, the JFK assassination. This is a real page-turner and I defy anyone to put it down once they have started it." 

– Greg Desilet, author and Language and Communications Scholar

“Mark Shaw is the real deal when it comes to investigative journalism – as was Dorothy Kilgallen – one of the most important multi-media icons of the 20th century."

– Michael Harrison, Publisher, Talkers Magazine and Host, Up Close and Far Out Podcast

"Expertly written, Mark Shaw's "The Reporter Who Knew Too Much," is a riveting true-life murder mystery, thoroughly accessible to readers if all backgrounds. Reference notes and an index round out this "must-read" for true crime connoisseurs. Highly recommended!"

– Midwest Book Review

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